Friday, 03 October 2014

Mark Laskey shot a one under par 71 in tough scoring conditions at Frilford Heath to win The European Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section D event and progress to Stage Two along with 25 others entrants.

The Welshman finished strongly with a two under par back nine on the Red course at the Oxfordshire venue, reaching 11 under par for the tournament and snatching first place from the overnight leader Charlie Harrison.

American Harrison could not reproduce some of the scintillating golf of his first three rounds and could only muster a four over par 76, falling back to second place as a result. He was joined there by Englishman Ryan Brown, who partnered Laskey and Harrison in the final group and carded a three over par 75 to drop back to nine under par for the week.

Although Brown and Harrison will be a little disappointed with their final rounds, they will have the Second Stage of Qualifying School to look forward to next month as they attempt to seal a place in The 2015 Race to Dubai.

All players that finished in 23rd place, including ties, and better progressed from the field at Frilford Heath.

Elsewhere, in the corresponding Section D event at Ribagolfe, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia retained his top spot to clinch victory in Lisbon by two shots. The Spaniard signed for a three under par 69 to reach 11 under par and cap off a consistent week. He will now progress through to stage two along with 23 others from the event.

Garcia-Heredia experienced a stuttering start, but came home in a fabulous four under par 32 to hold off a final day charge from American Jonathan Fry. Fry sizzled with seven birdies and an eagle in his seven under par 65 round to rattle up the leaderboard and into second place.

Joining the American at nine under par was Portuguese Tiago Cruz, who fired a three under par 69 in his homeland, and France’s Sebastien Gros who posted a steady two under 70.

Qualification to the Second Stage of Qualifying School in Portugal was marked at 22nd place, including ties, and better.

The conclusion of Section D also denotes the completion of the First Stage of Qualifying School. A total of 191 players advanced from the eight events and will tee up in Spain for the Second Stage, which is split across four courses from November 7-10. Those courses are as follows:

  •       Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante
  •       Campo de Golf El Saler, Valencia
  •       Lumine Golf & Beach Club, Tarragona
  •       Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort, Castellón

Further progression from these tournaments will present hopefuls a shot at European Tour Membership, with a card each handed to the best 25 after the gruelling six round marathon at European Tour Destination PGA Catalunya Resort in the Final Qualifying Stage.


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